European Western Balkans

Hahn meets Bushati in Tirana

Johannes Hahn and Ditmir Bushati; Photo: Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania

TIRANA – Judicial reform advancement is a key element towards consolidation of the rule of law in Albania, EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn said on Thursday in a meeting with Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Ditmir Bushati.

Commissioner Hahn praised the ongoing sustainable progress of Albania towards implementing key priorities in order to open EU accession negotiations.

FM Bushati said that Commissioner Hahn’s visit is at a crucial moment to Albania following European Commission recommendation to open accession negotiations depending upon progress of judicial reform implementation and Vetting process, already launched.

Minister Bushati informed EU commissioner on concrete steps undertaken by Albanian government to fulfil all membership priorities and confirmed the drive to further progress. “These achievements constitute a solid foundation to open accession negotiations between Albania and European Union,” FM Bushati underlined.

Commissioner Hahn praised the alignment of Albania’s Foreign Affairs policy to the EU’s Foreign Affairs and Security as well as the pro-active role of Albania to encourage regional cooperation and good neighbourhood relations.

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